We all have one, that picturesque locale that you’ve always dreamed of visiting. But for many of us, that dream never becomes a reality for a variety of reasons. Maybe you think your dream vacation is too expensive, too difficult to get to or take time off of work, or maybe you don’t’ feel like you have the time due to family obligations. Whatever your reason, it is time to stop making excuses and take your dream vacation now. Let DMC Travel Tailor plan the trip of a lifetime for you! They are able to offer their clients exclusive perks and benefits they can’t find elsewhere through their Virtuoso affiliation. Virtuoso is the leading global luxury network that has many of the top hotels, tour and cruise operators.
You Deserve It
First and foremost, everyone deserves a vacation, and especially their dream vacation. You’ve likely spent countless hours daydreaming about your perfect vacation. Maybe you have even saved up some money towards the vacation or researched accommodations or an itinerary. We all work hard and we deserve a relaxing vacation to somewhere we’ve always wanted to go. There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with something you’ve always wanted!
Try Something New
Sometimes we get so caught up in the routine of everyday life that we often don’t take the time to try something new. Taking your dream vacation is a chance to shake things up a bit and try something new for once. You will be so glad you did!
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
Your dream vacation is a once in a lifetime opportunity. While you might take many other vacations throughout your life but you will likely only get one chance to truly go all out and take the vacation of your dreams. So go ahead and take the leap. Contact DMC Travel Tailor and make plans to create the vacation you could only imagine. They have access to partners around the world that will ensure you will have those WOW experiences no matter where you choose to explore. Go ahead and enjoy every minute of it!
We have been told time and again that we should get to the airport right on time to avoid missing our flights. Traveling can be a nuisance if you don’t know how to save time and avoid the delays. The long drives to airports, the long lines, and frequent delays can really mess you up. You want a smooth travel experience and by not learning these travel security tips and tricks, you are likely to have a bad experience.
Going through security can take a lot of time. Today, airports and airplanes have put in place extreme security measures, this makes the task of getting through quite difficult. However, there are things you can do to ensure that you don’t spend a lot of time in security checks.
Preparing ahead will save your precious time and bring peace of mind. First, if you carry a laptop, make sure you have it out, you will have to load it into the x-ray tray. If it is placed inside the bag stacked with other items on top, it will take a lot of time to remove it. A checkpoint-friendly laptop bag may also work out well because you will not need to remove it at all.
If you are carrying drinks with you, and these are allowed drinks, you should place them in a bag or pouch that is easy to access. You don’t want to start sorting through the bag looking for drinks at the security check.
You may want to take with you some gifts, if that’s the case, you would be better off not to wrap them. If the gifts are wrapped, the security may have to unwrap them, and you know what? You will have to spend a couple of minutes wrapping them back after the security check, and that’s time wasted.
DMC Travel Tailor, a travel company that specializes in luxury travel, helps you with all your travel design needs. Besides travel tips, they are also able to get you benefits through their Virtuoso affiliation you wouldn’t be able to get on your own. They will provide you with a personalized and custom-tailored travel experience to make sure you make the most of all your travel adventures.
The excitement of March Madness has come and gone, but now that it’s safe to go outside again, the spring sports calendar is warming up. Even if you can’t make it this year, these are dream items to stick on your bucket list and resurrect each time the flowers start blooming again.
Baseball is back
Opening Day has arrived, with all 30 Major League teams beginning their season last Thursday. It was the first time in 50 years that all MLB teams opened play on the same day. Whether it’s your goal to visit every stadium, take advantage of interleague play to see your team in an unfamiliar city or just invade your bitter rival’s ballpark, there are some great weekends to be designed around taking yourself out to the ball game. Minnesota and Cleveland will play a two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 17-18 and this year’s All-Star Game is July 17 in Washington, D.C.
Augusta National in Georgia is always a big draw with the azaleas in bloom and the pimento cheese sandwiches plentiful. This year is a particularly hot ticket with the recent form of 14-time major champion Tiger Woods tantalizing fans as he seeks to end a 10-year major drought. Some oddsmakers have made Woods the favorite to win his fourth green jacket. Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas are also projected to be near the top of the leaderboard at the tournament, which begins Thursday and concludes Sunday.
The Kentucky Derby
The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports runs for 144th time May 5 at Louisville’s Churchill Downs. Though the race itself is over in a heartbeat, the party lasts all weekend, with mint juleps flowing freely and ladies sporting garish hats. The Run for the Roses — the winning horse is presented with a garland of 554 roses — kicks off racing’s Triple Crown, which continues with the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May and the Belmont Stakes in June.
The French Open
As if you needed an excuse to go to Paris, this year’s edition of the French Open will feature the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, going for an unprecedented 11th title on the men’s side, with no Roger Federer to stand in his way. On the women’s side, three-time champion Serena Williams will make her to Roland Garros after missing last year because of pregnancy. The tournament begins May 27 and ends June 10.
The World Cup
The U.S. men’s team failed to qualify for the first time since 1986, but this year’s tournament in Russia should be full of intrigue on and off the pitch. Five-time winner Brazil is the betting favorite, with defending champion Germany also a strong contender. This could also be the last best chance for Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to international glory after falling short in several tournament finals, including the 2014 World Cup. Russia has relaxed visa requirements for ticket holders, but do be on the lookout for hooligans. The tournament kicks off June 14 with Russia playing host to Saudi Arabia, and the final is July 15 in Moscow.
Depending on where you live, it might not yet be evident, but it is officially Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Soon enough, birdsongs will fill the air and everything will be in blossom. While there is an abundance of festivals celebrating the renaissance of greenery, these places’ blooms are among the best.
Peaking near the end of March, the famed cherry blossoms turn the Tidal Basin into a dazzling canvas of pink and white. Gifts from Japan more than a century ago, the cherry trees have come to symbolize the start of spring in our nation’s capital. There are nearly 4,000 trees in 11 varieties near the National Mall, and peak bloom is expected this week. The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs until April 15.
The ancestral home of D.C.’s cherry trees, Japan has several areas throughout its islands that are great for viewing sakura. Utilizing the bullet train system, visitors can make their quickly from south to north as the warm weather and blooms spread in late March and early April. Set against the backdrop of a 400-year-old, the blossoms in Hirosaki are particularly worth checking out. Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo is a reliable spot thanks to its proliferation of early- and late-blooming trees. Chureito Pagoda in the shadow of Mount Fuji is among the most picturesque spots.
Obsessed with the flower since the Tulip Mania of the 17th century, the Dutch have cultivated the world’s finest tulip garden at Keukenhof in Lisse, South Holland. About 7 million bulbs are planted across 79 acres and pop up in a variety of bright colors. The park opened last week and remains open until May 13. The best time to see the bulbs is usually mid-April, during which time river cruises designed around tulip viewing are in high demand.
High in the Atlas Mountains, a 6-hour drive from Marrakech lies M’Goun Valley, aka the Valley of Roses. Between April and mid-May, the valley yields 3,000-4,000 tons of wild roses. Used in the production of perfumes, oils, soaps and rose water, the plants have also inspired an annual Rose Festival in May. According to legend, the flowers were introduced to the area by a Berber trader from Damascus, and the sweet-smelling Damask roses are now a highly sought-after prize among France’s top perfumers.
The lavender fields of Provence aren’t in full bloom until mid-June, but they are more than worth the wait. The Luberon countryside erupts in purples and blues until harvesting is complete in mid-August, filled with gorgeous sights and smells. Charming hill towns such as Aurel and Sault make for a beautiful staging area for a driving tour, and the fields around the Abbey of Senanque are the perfect setting for a photo, so long as you arrive early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the throngs.
It’s 363 days until next St. Patrick’s Day, but if you still have some partying left in you after Saturday, get yourself to the Emerald Isle for an authentic Irish cultural experience. With so many regions worth checking out, Ireland is best explored by car, either driving yourself or, better yet, with a driver-guide. Fly into Dublin in the east or Shannon in the west — preclearing U.S. customs at either airport on the way home — and circumnavigate the island for an enchanting journey through the land of St. Patrick.
Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the capital to see where the country’s patron saint baptized converts to Christianity and admire the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Get some fresh air in the urban oases of Phoenix Park and St. Stephen’s Green or walk in the footsteps of great writers such as Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats, or their characters, such as James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom, who mused that a “good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub.” While a computer programmer has figured out that such a thing can be done, there’s no reason not to stop in for a pint at the Guinness Brewery or Temple Bar area.
Proceeding clockwise around the island from Dublin, you’ll encounter Kilkenny and Waterford. Kilkenny is home to an 800-year-old Norman castle and eye-catching architecture from several periods, including the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. It’s also known for its modern cultural aesthetic, with art galleries, design workshops and theaters making it a popular destination. At well more than 1,000, Waterford retains well-preserved sections of city walls and towers. The Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre allows tour guests to see master craftspeople shape the world-famous crystal into intricate designs. On your way west, stop at the Rock of Cashel, a group of buildings at the ancient seat of the kings of Munster.
The Republic of Ireland’s second-largest city, Cork has a much more intimate feel than the much-larger Dublin and is a great place for a walking tour. One of County Cork’s best walks is the distillery trail at the Jameson Heritage Centre, where you can learn all about the famous whiskey and sample a dram or two. In the southwest corner of the island lie the 110 miles of the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile loop beginning in Killarney that takes you through charming villages, past castles and into the ancient wilderness. Less crowded and no less beautiful is the Dingle Peninsula, a natural gem rich in archaeological sites.
Offering striking views and excellent hiking, the Cliffs of Moher rise as high as 700 feet above Galway Bay and the North Atlantic. Farther inland, the Burren is an entrancing moonscape of desolate beauty formed of the rocks that give rise to the cliffs. A dozen of large neolithic tombs is scattered throughout the area, dating back thousands of years. Continuing north, you come to the lively city of Galway, a center of traditional Irish language and music. Thanks to its status as a university town, Galway boasts some of Ireland’s best nightlife and serves a centrally located base for venturing on the 1,550-mile Wild Atlantic Way.
A mix of wilderness and quaint villages, the counties of Mayo, Sligo, and Donegal are a great way to conclude your Irish odyssey. Attractions include the mountains of Connemara National Park, Achill Island, and the 2,500-foot Croagh Patrick, a pilgrimage site dedicated to the patron saint. Towns of note are the carefully designed Westport, William Butler Yeats’ boyhood home of Sligo and historical Ballina, a key site in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.